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Caring For The Elderly At Home

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10 million of people in the UK are over 65 and the standard life expectancy is predicted to increase. This means that the demand for elderly care will also rise and the request for care at home also is likely to do the same. Most families have now started to realise that home care is a more viable and affordable alternative to residential or nursing homes. Elderly care can be needed at any time, through accidents or a debilitating illness, leaving them unable to care for themselves.

When it comes to it being a member of our family, an aunt, uncle or parent, taking care of them can be difficult if you are working, have children and other obligations. Support is paramount when it comes to caring for an elderly family member or even a client, and while you may want to turn to your local council for assistance, the following tips can also be of help.

Caring For The Elderly At Home

Single Assessment Process

As mentioned above, you should get an assessment of needs performed by your council. This is done in the form of the so-called Single Assessment Process, which combines the local council authority social services with health care and can provide a route to any services that may be available.

Establish a routine

Routines can provide a reassuring structure to the daily lives of the elderly, and as their cognitive functions decline, a routine can help them feel they are being organised and in control of their lives. There are no fast or easy track rules to follow when it comes to elderly care, but ensuring that routine is established will definitely help with the ongoing treatment.

Prepare your home

Looking after an elderly person is similar to taking care of a child, so you will need to prepare your home to ensure the accommodation is a safe environment Make sure you have removed hazards and provide equipment that will allow them to function independently, albeit in small measures. Hand grabs for stairs and baths are important and to give them a sense of independence.

If they would like to get around outside, provide them with a mobility scooter, or a Zimmer frame for moving around the home. Another option is to build an annex to your home for your relative to live in. This will give them a sense of independence and at the same time allow you to be nearby if they need help.

Many companies can provide a full range of aids helping care for the elderly and disabled, while providing guidance on suitable equipment that can help enhance a better quality of life.

Take responsibility for yourself as well as your relative While you may feel dedicated to providing the utmost care for your elderly relative, you will also need to take care of yourself as well. Discuss arrangements with other family members to help out so you are not burdened with the responsibility all by yourself.

In any event, you need to seek and investigate different sources of support. You should take any assistance (within reason) that is offered, as caring for elderly relatives can sometimes be frustrating.

By Harry Price

Harry Price enjoys cooking, play football and playing the bass guitar in his space time.

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  • Published: 3 years ago on October 6, 2014
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